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J. Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI)

308 (66.4%) Mothers had stated that their child had had a cough within the last two weeks, and out of these cases, 178 (57.8%) said that the child had been breathing rapidly. 69% of the mothers sought treatment for their child, with the most common  place for treatment being the Centro de Salud (57%) with the second most common place being the health promotor (11.4%).  

The most recognizable sign of ARI was that of breathing rapidly or with difficulty.  For other signs see Fig. K.  It should be noted that some of the field team noticed that when asking this question the mothers did not understand the word that was being used for “sign.”

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K. MALARIA

Of the 464 mothers, 12% (56) reported their child having a fever at that moment, and 40% (187) reported their child had had a fever in the past two months.  6% of the mothers that reported that they had a feverish child at that moment said other family members also had a fever-with the most common answer (36.7%) being brother or sisters.

Of the 254 mothers who were asked if they sought attention or help for the fever, 157 (61.8%) said yes they had.  The most common place to seek help was the Centro de Salud (57%) followed by the health promotor (24%), and thirdly other parents or friends (10.3%.)  The amount of time before the mother sought help varied.  See Fig. L.

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